Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/03/25

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Subject: [Leica] Another ZM lens on the horizon
From: don.dory at (Don Dory)
Date: Tue Mar 25 06:04:56 2008
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The 21 4.5 has been in the works for three or so years as I have played with
prototypes for that long.  It reason for existence is smaller size, better
performance especially at the edges, and some nostalgia for the original
groundbreaking 21 Biogon.  For almost all users of a 21 the 4.5 is a better
choice; only those who need limited DOF or who have to have a 2.5 stop
faster lens will opt for the 2.8 version.

On Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:05 AM, R. Clayton McKee <>

> Quoth the Jeffery Smith :
> > Looks like a new 35/2.8 Biogon is going to be making its way into
> > the market. I think I have enough slow 35mm lenses.
> There's a 21/4.5 in the lineup now, too.  I suspect that with the
> Summarits and the weak dollar (!), Zeiss is thinking that there might
> be a significant market for a slower and less expensive line,
> especially as the low-light performance of digicams continues to
> improve.  The 35/2 is nudging the 4-figure mark at B&H now; a
> smaller, lighter 2.8 will probably do well at 700, 750, somewhere in
> there. It's a step up from the Ultron and competing with the Summarit
> at a huge price cut.
> The target market here is the new RF fans, NOT the folks who're still
> buying glass for their one-owner IIIf's and M3 DS models....
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Replies: Reply from alal at (Akhil Lal) ([Leica] Another ZM lens on the horizon)
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